The central role of the curriculum and Ofsted’s new inspection framework from September 2019

A personal view by Michael Maddison Biography: Michael Maddison served as Ofsted’s National Lead for history at Ofsted from 2008 to 2015. He now works as a leading educational consultant but still undertakes inspection work for Ofsted. He is Associate Vice President of the Historical Association, a director and judge for the Heritage EducationTrust and […]

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Writing for special learners: what do lower attaining students require from their resources?

When I started teaching students with special educational needs, the educational landscape was a different place. Special schools and mainstreams were separate entities and what happened inside special schools was an enigma to mainstream teachers. For me, the transition from mainstream to special education was a challenge, and I learned from many mistakes. Fortunately the […]

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GCSEs and GCSE grading explained

GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) are the main academic qualification taken in several subjects by the vast majority of pupils in secondary education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. But, in England, there have been significant reforms to many of the topics studied within the subjects, as well as to the examinations themselves and […]

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Exam Insights: GCSE Physical Education

We have taken a detailed look at the examiner reports for the first GCSE PE 9–1 exams in order to understand the issues that students struggled with the most. The reports reveal the following common issues:   Understanding the question Using technical terms Mastering ‘forgotten’ topics Data analysis   UNDERSTANDING THE QUESTION A high proportion […]

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